I Have a Musculoskeletal Injury! Help!
Musculoskeletal pain affects bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. It can be acute (rapid onset with severe symptoms) or chronic (long lasting) and can be widespread or localized to one area. Common types of musculoskeletal pain include tendinitis, fibromyalgia, muscle and joint pain, and more.
If you’ve been suffering from pain associated with a musculoskeletal injury, we can help—click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
Signs and symptoms of muscle or ligament pain include:
- Localized or widespread pain that can worsen with movement
- Aching or stiffness of the entire body
- The feeling that your muscles have been pulled or overworked
- Sleep disturbances
- Twitching muscles
- A “burning” sensation in your muscles
Symptoms of muscle or ligament pain depend on whether the pain is caused by an injury or overuse, and whether it is chronic or acute. Symptoms may differ from person to person, and range from mild to severe.
Types of Musculoskeletal Pain
The most common types of musculoskeletal injuries include:
- Bone pain – Bone pain is usually deep, penetrating, or dull, and most commonly results from a specific injury. Before treatment can proceed, it is important to confirm that the pain is not related to a fracture or tumor.
- Muscle pain – Often less intense than bone pain, muscle pain can still be debilitating. Muscle pain can be caused by a number of different things, including injury, autoimmune reaction, loss of blood flow, infection, or tumor. The pain may be accompanied by muscle spasms and cramps.
- Tendon and ligament pain – Pain in tendons or ligaments is often caused by injuries such as sprains, and can worsen when the affected area is stretched or moved.
- Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia is often present in multiple locations and can be difficult to describe, but may cause pain in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments along with other symptoms.
- Joint pain: Joint injuries and diseases usually result in stiff, aching, “arthritic” pain ranging from mild to severe. The pain often worsens when the joint is moved. The joints may also swell.
- “Tunnel” syndromes: Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, and tarsal tunnel syndrome are different musculoskeletal disorders that result in nerve compression and often cause burning pain that spreads along the path of the nerve. These injuries tend to be caused by overuse.
Muscle or Ligament Injury Treatment Options
Musculoskeletal injuries can vary from person to person, but most can make it difficult to perform basic life tasks like walking and moving your joints. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to living a healthy, productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in nonsurgical treatment of joint pain, nerve pain and sports injuries. Our physicians will work with you to accurately diagnose the root cause of your musculoskeletal injury by performing a thorough history and a physical examination including a complete assessment of your musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. After diagnostic review, you’ll receive a customized nonsurgical treatment program with our caring physiatrists overseeing the healing process so you can reduce the pain and put your life back together.
Our expert physicians also specialize in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy using autologous stem cells (bone marrow aspirate concentrate from a patient’s own hip bone).
PRP for Muscle or Ligament Injuries
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for patients suffering from pain associated with muscle and ligament injuries, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Stem Cell Therapy for Muscle or Ligament Injuries
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including pain associated with a musculoskeletal injury. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow and adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the joint or disc injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment
About Southwest Spine & Sports
Southwest Spine & Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we’ve been at the forefront of regenerative medicine since it’s inception and are continually working to advance our own knowledge of the practice as well as the field as a whole.
Recognized as Top Doctors by Phoenix Magazine eight years in a row, the team at Southwest Spine & Sports brings not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain.
With two convenient locations in Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ, we are one of the area’s largest pain management and regenerative medicine practices. All of our pain physicians have devoted their lives to compassionate patient care and providing safe alternatives to back, neck or laser spine surgeries.